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WW1 GERMAN POPPENBERG  JAM POT OR STICK GRENADE, 1915

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WW1 GERMAN POPPENBERG JAM POT OR STICK GRENADE, 1915

Known as a Jam Pot or Potato Masher because of its shape this Grenade lasted until 1917 with later versions used in the Second War. This is the original 1915 design with a lever to ignite the fuze, this was held in with a safety pin, once removed the unit was thrown. It also had a belt clip on the side of the body. This sample is badly corroded, and the wooden handle is not original.

It was used for only a short time due to its unreliable fuse, there is another type with the same handle but it has a kugal (see item A0822) instead of the can, thus the can version being an offensive item and the Ball ( Kugalkopft ) being the defensive version.

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  • The the correct spelling of the ball is "Kugelkopf"
    .......... Heinz-Werner Reibert, Bremen, Germany, 24th of August 2015

  • This is known as the Poppenberg Grenade,, it was used for only a short time due to its unreliable fuse, there is another type with the same handle but it has a kugal instead of the can, thus the can version being an offensive item and the Ball ( Kugalkopft ) being the defensive version,,
    .......... Nick Jeans, Bexhill ,,Sussex ...UK, 29th of October 2009

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